I learnt to ski in Meribel about 6 years ago. It was a great place to get started. There are plenty of gentle slopes to gain confidence on and plenty of steeper runs to enjoy once you have mastered some basic techniques. Snow isn't guaranteed though being low down at 1450m and runs to the resort can be either slushy or packed or even a little bald in places. That said, the first time I went there they had tons of snow. I don't think they've had snow like that since then. The resort is very picture postcard and has plenty of shopping and apres ski. The shuttle bus service is frequent and reliable and free! The vast ski area of The Three Valleys is fantastic. You can be out all day without going back to the resort until the close of play. Mountain restaurants are good and plentiful. If I go back to The Three Valleys I would probably stay in Courcheval but definitely pay a visit to Meribel. I would recommend it to any level of skier.